For over three decades, contemporary Georgian artist and co-founder of the 10th Floor Group, Oleg Timchenko has never ceased to amaze audiences and art collectors worldwide. Born in Tbilisi, Georgia (former Soviet Union) in 1957, Oleg discovered his passion for the arts at a young age. In pursuing this passion, he attended The Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts, one of the oldest and largest art academies in Caucasus, Georgia, and graduated in 1982.
Oleg went on to work as a painter in the Marjanishvili Theater in Georgia. There, he and his associates formed a performance art group called the 10th Floor Group, followed by creating a painters group called Marjanishvili several years later. Marjanishvili immediately attracted the attention of critics and professionals through performance and art installations.
Notorious for his expressive, colorful paintings paired with meticulous attention to detail, Timchenko has created a name for himself among the Georgian and international art scene. In his paintings, he often recognizes symbolic, bizarre or dream-like objects, along with others painted in classical style.
Oleg Timchenko’s paintings have been exhibited all across Europe; from Georgia, Prague and Budapest, to Berlin, Paris and the UK. Most recently, in the fall of 2011, Oleg presented his work in New York City and is excited to return once again with his “Auto Portrait” exhibition on view June 6-12 at 25 CPW Gallery.
“Auto Portrait” is a solo exhibition comprised of over a dozen paintings of notorious automobiles that were once driven by legendary leaders and celebrities featuring new work by Georgian artist Oleg Timchenko. From Marilyn Monroe and Janis Joplin to John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill, the series of artwork will feature automobiles along with a painted quotation from the celebrities that once drove them.
Oleg’s works are in the permanent collections of prestigious museums such as Tsaritsino Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia, Tbilisi Museum of Contemporary Art and Ludwig Museum, Budapest in Hungary. His artworks remain in private collections coveted by personal collectors such as Wolfgang Flatz, President Saakashvili, and Badri Patarkachishvili – among others.
Oleg currently resides in Tbilisi, Georgia and is also a professor at Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts.
For more information on Oleg Timchenko and his upcoming exhibitions, please visit www.inartgallery.com.
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